How to Assemble a Home Plumbing Tool Kit
Many homeowners have a do-it-yourself attitude when it comes to home maintenance, and we applaud that attitude. It’s helpful to be handy with the different systems and basic appliances in the modern home – especially when it comes to your home’s plumbing. A DIY-minded homeowner can and should learn basic plumbing skills and how to fix common issues to avoid both headaches and service charges from the local plumbing company.
Taking care of your home’s plumbing starts with assembling a personal plumbing toolkit. This toolkit can tackle common issues, provide maintenance for plumbing, and can keep your plumbing happy and healthy. Let’s find out what you need to be packing in your homeowner’s plumbing toolkit.
What You Need in Your Plumbing Toolkit
- Tool Belt: The foundation of any great handyman. A good tool belt allows you to carry the necessary items for common plumbing fixes. Look for belts that are high-strength and can handle the following tools.
- Five Gallon Bucket: Handy for several plumbing-related emergencies. A five-gallon bucket can hold tools you need quick access to, catch a leak from going all over the floor, and everything in between. A five-gallon bucket is simple but one of the best tools for several plumbing jobs.
- Wrenches: Every house needs a good wrench set and so do several components of your plumbing. Look for multi-use wrenches, socket wrenches, and wrenches that are used for several different types of projects.
- Plungers: Of course, no good plumbing toolkit is complete without the plunger, and you need two. Your plumbing toolkit requires a normal plunger for sinks and tubs and a forced cup plunger for toilets. Your local hardware store can assist you with plungers.
- Multi-Bit Screwdriver: You will need to adjust different types of screws and fasteners when dealing with your plumbing including flat-head and Philips’ head. Invest in one screw driver with several head types for multiple uses.
- Tapes: Tapes of all different varieties are useful for your plumbing toolkit. Assemble your kit with good old-fashioned duct tape, leak-sealer tape, and other applicable types.
- Grout Tools: It’s helpful to carry a grout detailing kit for more than just adjusting grout.
- Caulking: Useful for several waterproofing applications
- Slip-Joint Pliers: Necessary for several plumbing fixes
- Flashlight: Even if your plumbing is well-lit a flashlight comes in handy. Look to newer LED flash lights for more light and more battery time.
- Blind Caps: Used for fixing joints
- Towel: You’ll probably need it at some point.
How You Can Handle Plumbing Emergencies
Learn How to Shut Things Down
One of the best things you can do as a homeowner in a plumbing emergency is know how to quickly shut things down. This means knowing where all the valves are in your home, and what they control. It’s helpful to know at the least where the shutoff valves are on the components of your home most likely to leak – like the toilet. It’s a must for every homeowner to know where the main valve or master shutoff to their home lives too. This valve could save your home from hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars in damage by being shut off in a plumbing emergency.
Get Knowledgeable About Your Home’s Water Heater
Homeowners should be knowledgeable about their water heaters, and specific signs of distress. It’s not recommended that homeowners attempt to fix water heater issues but know what to look out for like humming, pooling water, excess condensation on the unit, or rattling. Write down any atypical issues and get that information to your plumber.
With your plumbing toolkit and some expert tutorials, you should be ready to tackle several common plumbing issues. Know your limits and keep your toolkit for small jobs. If the job is too big or too complex, let the expert hands of your local plumbing service take care of the issue.